Vocal Colors to Perform Benefit Concert for NGO Child’s 

Play India Foundation

The a-cappella group Vocal Colors will be performing a benefit concert for Child’s Play (India) Foundation on the 16th of January 2019 at the Menezes Braganza Hall, Panjim at 6pm. The group performs all genres of a-capella music and this show in particular will include traditional, folk, Swedish pop and Indian music. Vocal Colors’ second season has the choir staging its first international tour. The group’s aim is to enthuse and entertain its audience with uplifting, beautiful music.

Vocal Colors is a new vocal ensemble that consists of young Swedish singers from various parts of the country. These are vocalists from 18-30 years of age who are experienced singers, passionate about advanced choral music and are well trained. The members are not professionals but come together for five weekends in the year for rehearsals. During the rest of the year, the onus of training is upon each individual member so as to be able to maintain their standard of performance.

Marie Bejstam and Charlotte Rider are the founders of the choral ensemble. They have won national awards for their work and lead several choirs in Stockholm. The duo were instrumental in the establishment of Kulturfyren (the Culture Lighthouse), a culture house of which Vocal Colors is a part, eight years ago. Marie and Charlotte also often lecture at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

Child’s Play India Foundation is the Indian chapter of El Sistema, a similar NGO in South America. Its founder Dr Luis Dias began the non-profit in an effort to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in Goa by teaching them Western classical music. The objective is to use music education to instil values and self-esteem that will allow these children to grow into mentally and emotionally strong adults and perhaps discover exceptional musical talent. Child’s Play India Foundation has its own teachers and relies largely on the goodwill of beneficent individuals and organisations that provide money, or musical instruments for the children. International musicians are also part of the teaching staff for a temporary time period as they devote time to teaching voluntarily.

Dr Luis Dias came in contact with Vocal Colors through Cecilia Öhrwall of El Sistema Södertälje. He says, ‘I was attending an International Sistema Teachers’ Conference organised by Sistema Scotland. I was the only one from India. When I was there I found the Swedish contingent stood out, breaking into song quite easily. That’s where I met Cecilia Öhrwall for the first time. Cecilia came first in 2015 to work with Child’s Play India Foundation, returning in 2016 with her choir Sångföreningen Qöhr. She is the one who put us in touch with Vocal Colors.’

For the choral ensemble, it is a prodigious opportunity to be exposed to a new culture, mingle with its audience and collaborate with other choirs and musicians. It is indeed a great honour for Vocal Colors to perform a benefit concert in Goa for Child’s Play India Foundation. The public are invited to attend the concert for an evening filled with melodious music while making a contribution to change the lives of disadvantaged children.